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Rich Harden is making a comeback

Dec 3, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

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Perpetually injured right-hander Rich Harden didn’t pitch in the majors at all this year and hasn’t had an ERA below 5.00 since 2009, but he’s making a comeback at age 31.

Harden’s agent told Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that he “feels great” and has already “had a lot of interest from clubs.”

For a long time Harden was able to maintain good raw stuff and strong results despite the never-ending arm problems, but in 2008 and 2009 his velocity was down and his ERAs were ugly.

With that said, Harden did manage 166 strikeouts in 175 innings during those two seasons and I’ve always thought some team should give him an extended opportunity in the bullpen to see if he can stay healthy and effective throwing just one inning at a time.

  1. dodger88 - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    “but he’s making a comeback at age 31.”

    Man, I feel old.

  2. Utley's Hair - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    “Making” a comeback and attempting a comeback are two very different things.

  3. xsherr - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I laughed when I saw the title, but you have a good point. Put him the bullpen and let him be a holds guy. There’s value there for him.

  4. larryboodry - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I wish him well, liked him in his brief stint with the Cubs…With his stuff, it’s too bad he could never stay healthy.

  5. astrofaninkc - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Don’t call it a comeback. He’s been on the DL for years.

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